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Comment & Response
July 7, 2015

Suicide Among US Military Personnel

Author Affiliations
  • 1Air Force Special Operations, Hurlburt Field, Florida
JAMA. 2015;314(1):84. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.5742

To the Editor Dr Friedman’s article highlighted the current research and risk factors associated with suicide among US Army personnel.1 However, I was surprised when the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), which includes members from all military branches, was discussed. Friedman suggested that the Command addresses the issue of suicide prevention “through a widespread emphasis on physical fitness” rather than focusing on identification and treatment of soldiers with disorders. His misperceptions of USSOCOM and their physical fitness program should be clarified.

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